Michelin CrossClimate all weather tires on Kona EV review

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by CJC, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. CJC

    CJC Active Member

    We live close to the US border in South Surrey/White Rock area and we got about 16 inches of powder snow at our house last night. It was deep enough that our Maltipoo dog stepped off the steps and disappeared. lol Had to drive my husband in the Kona EV this morning to his regular hospital treatment. The Kona did just fine on the unplowed lane way and compact snow on side streets. A little slipping on the rear end on ice patches on corners --probably lack of practice on my part with giving a little too much gas lol, but we were impressed with the traction. We have lived and driven vehicles in the winter in Alberta, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Trenton etc. These Michelin's would have been fine for main roads, freeways etc. I think you could get away with them going up country to ski country, but you would have to keep moving on big hills. We are pleased so far. Tomorrow is supposed to be worse so I will let you know if we find any difference. Lots of asses out so I was worried about our Alice. i.e. no headlights on, snow not shoveled from the car, no snow tires, and tail gating and not reducing speed.
     
  2. Nice to hear glad you made it.
    I own a kia plug in not a electric. My first move was to go buy new wheels and winter/snow tires. Living at altitude it can snow most any day.
    Just a bit today a inch or so. Last year climate change, nothing all winter. Think they could be had cheaper but ran about 1000 for the lot. On the PHEV they come with the Michelin gas saving tires. Which are rated MS but I highly doubt it.
    In any event I have studied it a bit, and it appears the tires are all it, not so much the drive wheels, other than in going up steep hills.
    I went with continental. My Subaru prior had the Michelin snow tire. They did not really work that well. The blizzac,(bridgestone?) they say is the best, but not so suited to dry warmer roads. I lost basically nothing as per mileage with the continentals. Staying with the same size tire and wheel. 16 inch on the PHEV. Tires have to have the winter symbol however to be real winter/snow tires.
     
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    My husband likes the Nokian all weather on his SUV. Our Michelin CrossClimate have the snowflake so are legal for snow country, but I'm not sure if we lived in the Cariboo we would want all weather.
     
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    Is your Kia plug in the Niro? If so, how is it? Do you like it a lot?
     
  5. Seems good so far. I checked one other forum and they seem to be barely hitting 40 mpg(I think that is a UK forum)
    I am completely off the charts at 70-80. And a thousand miles adding it up I think I used ten gallons of gas(one fill up for seven and it is around a third down now). My electric bill I just got today and it is up about ten USD. Cheap here that though. Most of my driving by great majority is out of the stated range. And I have been warming it up and trying to use it in sport to break in the engine and warm it up fully.
    Got 36 in my Subaru crosstrek which was a very mild hybrid design prior.
    Very odd to me. Can't figure how others are using so much gas. Have had it up to 75 or so MPH in EV.
    Can't go EV entirely as I live rural and a lot of places out here like where I shop, Edgewood, there is not even one charging station. In the city they also are pretty rare at few shopping places.
    New governor now perhaps eventually electric only may be a option. The old governor was a dunderhead and anti environment.
    Is the Kona fast?
     
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  6. CJC

    CJC Active Member

    I read an article recently that said that most people are unlikely to convert to electric vehicles over the next 10 years for the same reasons as you, but many will likely choose Plug In Hybrids. We have had our C-Max Energi Plug In Hybrid since 2016 and get excellent mileage. We get 2.6 litres per 100 kilometres which equates to about 90 mpg US. I fill up the C-Max about once every 6-8 weeks. I have not seen the Niro PHEV on the road yet--only in the showroom but it is a nice little car.
     
  7. Sure a electric only is just not possible for me here in NM. And truthfully I travel by car at least once per year on vacation visiting relatives and such , going through places like rural texas, charging is impossible.
    I went with a suv type as opposed to a car type in part, as I do go remote driving on dirt and such(trailheads) many times a year. Ground clearance is only 6 or so with the Niro but 6 is one more than 5 or less you find in most cars.

    The Chevy, any prius(maybe the new AWD is better) are just not possible to take on any marginal dirt road. Which out here are a lot of the roads. Almost every road on any reservation, some of which are of the size of many states are of that sort. Glad to see common peoples vehicles, who live in places like that, can now go plug in and mayby soon all electric as well.
     
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